Things To Do
Southwest Michigan is known for the many natural Lake Michigan beaches, coastal villages, Holland's tulip festival, South Haven's blueberry festival, and numerous art studios throughout the countryside. From lavender fields to poppy fields, to sand dunes to the many vineyards, Mother Nature has truly blessed our area. For the shoppers, our coastal villages of South Haven, Saugatuck, Douglas and Holland preset a picture-perfect setting. Antique shops with hidden treasures are waiting to be discovered. Each season brings new pleasures - from horseback riding in the warmer months to sleigh rides in the winter. There is always something that will inspire you and bring you back to Southwest Michigan.
Located appx. 8 miles south of Inisfree, South Haven is known for its beaches and the picturesque lighthouse. The downtown village adorns numerous retail stores, antique malls, ice cream shoppes, restaurants and several wine tasting bars. This friendly coastal village is also home to the Michigan Maritime Museum where they offer boat rides, exhibits and even a workshop for teaching boat-building and related maritime skills.
Murphy's Antique Mall
Eagle Street Antiques
Just six miles northeast is the small village of Fennville. Unique and special, Fennville is home to some great restaurants, 4 acres of Poppy Fields that attract hundreds of lookers each summer, the amazing specialty Palazzolo's ice cream, and the Wild West Ranch. Horseback riding, carriage rides and sleigh rides are all only 15 minutes away.
Wild West Ranch - 4horserides.com - Jan West - 269-673-3539
Poppy Field - 5859 124th Ave., Fennville - early June - July 4 bloom time
Artisan ice cream, gelato, & sorbet - palazzolosdairy.com
Saugatuck is known for its artsy vibe. Situated on the Black River which leads to Lake Michigan, Retro Vintage Boat rides are always a fun thing to do. But for the more adventurous,
how about dune rides on the sand dunes that frame Lake Michigan or climb the steps to Mount Baldhead Park. Then maybe a little relaxation at Oval Beach. This beautiful coastal village is filled with unique boutiques, parks, and fairytale streets. Saugatuck is magical.
Saugatuck Dune Rides | saugatuckduneride.com | 6494 Blue Star Hwy
Retro Boat Rentals | retroboatrentals.com
Holland is a beautiful town located on Lake Macatawa and home to Hope College. Although boating is probably the most popular attraction in all SW Michigan, each spring season begins with the Tulip Festival in Holland. Every street is lined with tulips, and the daily festivities attract thousands of visitors from all over the country. It is a site to see! Holland is also known for its downtown heated sidewalks and streets - which prevents the snow and ice from accumulating while the outside fireplace is the perfect place to draw patrons together.
There is upscale shopping, eateries, an Irish pub, theatres, and bronze sculptures featured throughout the area. Holland is worth a trip!